StarBucks started with only one shop in Seattle in 1971 and now is a well known and established household name. So much so that we are able to order a delivery or take away from them. Starbucks hopes to create a culture of warmth and belonging where everybody is welcome. I feel that they do achieve this. Especially in County Durham.

Furthermore, staff are friendly and serve with a smile. They ensure to remind you of your Starbucks card. The coffee shop itself is decorated in warm and inviting dark wood colours. The floor is wood and the tables are wood. On the wall there is a notice board with posters and leaflets inviting people to events that are taking place.

Towards the window of Starbucks there are sofas and chairs creating more of a comfortable living room vibe. You will see that the counter of Starbucks is situated straight in front of the front door.

The warm inviting smell 0f coffee that greets you when you walk in.   At the counter there is a delicious array of foods to choose from. For example cakes and croissants both sweet and savory.  Furthermore they welcome environmentally friendly ways to live buy selling their own coffee  and other products.

The rumour is that if you bring a Starbucks mug they will reward you for it on your Starbucks rewards card. Mugs and reusable to go drink cups are available in store.  For more information check instore and on the website itself. .Terms and conditions of any offers reported here any have changed since.

However, Starbucks are not just interested in the environment. After Covid 19 they donated to the NHS together trust. If you see blue heart badges for sale at your local Starbucks this is a continuation of their efforts. So if you like the big community vibe I feel that you will enjoy visiting this household name.




Accessibility at Starbucks

You will find a small ramp at the entrance. You can widen the doors by opening both doors. Whilst the front doors are heavy this helps to keep the warmth in as you enter the premiss. Once you have entered there is a wide gap between seating so that the counter is easily located.

Staff whilst not dementia or autism trained are happy to help where they can. The staff are happy to help anyone who has a mobility issue to locate a seating area.

They are happy to read the menu out to anyone or explain what it is one is looking at and the prices of them. They are friendly to guide dogs because they leave a dog bowl out and can bring it to your table. The disabled toilet is a good size.

There are some very useful hand holds however the tap is not automatic. Nor is the flush. If you have any need for assistance the staff are happy to help where they can. WIFI connection is available for anyone who wishes to use it.

Yoou can get more info on Starbucks here.

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